Office Systems Technology

About the Program

The Office Systems Technology Program is program of study designed to prepare students for a career as an administrative assistant with marketable job skills that are highly valued by many businesses. Upon completing the degree program, students have the opportunity to undertake a variety of tasks and responsibilities and work in a professional office environment. The Office Systems Technology program offers specialized courses in integrated computer applications utilizing the latest versions of Microsoft Office, business financial systems, accounting software training, communication skills, Web Site development, desktop publishing skills, and office procedures training.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree is awarded upon successful completion of 69 semester credit hours of course work and the Career Planning and Assessment System Exam (MS-CPAS). *A Certificate of Proficiency is awarded upon successful completion of 36 semester credit hours of course work and the Career Planning and Assessment System Exam (MS-CPAS).

Administrative assistants rank among the largest occupations in the U.S. economy. The employment of administrative assistants will vary by occupational specialty. Average employment growth is expected for medical, legal, accounting and executive administrative assistants.

Course Descriptions

Course TitleCourse DescriptionCourse Number
Introduction to Keyboarding. (3) This course provides an introduction to basic word processing commands and essential skill development using the touch system on the alphabetic keyboard. Course emphasis will be on speed and accuracy when keying documents and timed writings. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT1013
Document Formatting and Production. (3) Prerequisite: Prior to enrollment in this course, students will be required to key straight-copy material at a minimum of 35 GWPM on a 5-minute timed writing, with a maximum of 1 error per minute OR successfully com This course focuses on improving keyboarding techniques using the touch method and on production of documents using work processing functions. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT1113
Keyboard Skillbuilding. (3) Prerequisite: Document Formatting and Production (BOT 1113) This course further develops keyboard techniques emphasizing speed and accuracy. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT1123
Microcomputer Applications. (3) Prerequisite: BOT 1013 or consent of instructor This course will introduce an operating system and word processing spreadsheet, database management, and presentation software applications. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT1133
Word Processing. (3) Prerequisites: BOT 1113 or BOT 1133 or by consent of instructor. This course focuses on production of documents using word processing functions. Production with accuracy is stressed and practice is given through a variety of documents for skillbuilding. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT1143
Professional Development. (3) This course emphasizes an awareness of interpersonal skills essential for job success. Three lecture hours per week.BOT1213
Applied Business Mathematics. (3) This course is designed to develop competency in mathematics for business use with emphasis on the touch method. Three lecture hours per week.BOT1313
Records Management. (3) This course focuses on the systems approach to managing recorded information in any form. Emphasis is placed on the three categories into which records generally fall paper, image, and digital and the treatment of these categories in proper management, storage, and retrieval. Three lecture hours per week.BOT1413
Business Accounting. (3) This course is designed to develop an understanding of analyzing, recording, classifying, and summarizing financial information of a sole proprietorship with insight into interpreting and reporting the resulting effects upon the business. Three lecture hours per week.BOT1433
Advanced Accounting. (3) Prerequisite: BOT 1433 or ACC 1213 This course is designed as a continuation of Business Accounting with emphasis in accounting for corporations. Three lecture hours per week.BOT1443
Machine Transcription. (3) Prerequisite: BOT 1143 Word Processing or BOT 1113 Document Formatting and Production. This course is designed to teach transcription of a wide variety of business communications from machine dictation. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT1513
Medical Office Terminology I. (3) This course is a study of medical language relating to the various body systems including diseases, physical conditions, procedures, clinical specialties, and abbreviations. Emphasis is placed on correct spelling and pronunciation. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT1613
Medical Office Terminology II. (3) This course presents medical terminology pertaining to human anatomy in the context of body systems. The emphasis is directed toward medical terminology as it relates to the medical office. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT1623
Mechanics of Communication. (3) This course is designed to develop the basic English competencies necessary for success in the business world. A study of the parts of speech, sentence structure, sentence types, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling is emphasized. Three lecture hours per week.BOT1713
Electronic Spreadsheet. (3) Prerequisite: BOT 1313 Applied Business Mathematics OR BOT 1133 Microcomputer Applications, or consent of instructor. This course focuses on applications of the electronic spreadsheet as an aid to management decision making. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT1813
Desktop Publishing. (3) Prerequisite: Word Processing (BOT 1143) or consent of instructor. This course presents graphic design techniques, principles of page layout and design, and electronic publishing terminology and applications to create a variety of documents such as flyers, brochures, newsletters, and business cards using advanced features of word processing software. Two lecture and two lab hours per week. BOT2133
Database Management. (3) Prerequisite: Microcomputer Applications (BOT 1133) or by consent of instructor. This course applies database concepts for designing and manipulating data files and formatting output as complex documents and reports. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT2323
Computerized Accounting. (3) Prerequisites: BOT 1433 or ACC 1213 This course applies basic accounting principles using a computerized accounting system. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT2413
Income Tax Accounting. (3) Prerequisites: BOT 1433 or ACC 1213 This course introduces tax accounting including federal income tax laws and report preparation. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT2423
Payroll Accounting. (3) Prerequisites: BOT 1433 or ACC 1213 This course provides an in-depth study of payroll accounting. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT2463
Medical Machine Transcription I. (3) Prerequisite: BOT 1113, BOT 1613,and BOT 1623 or by consent of instructor. This course is designed to teach transcription of various medical documents. One lecture and three lab hours per week.BOT2523
Medical Machine Transcription II. (3) Prerequisite: BOT 2523 This course is designed to continue teaching transcription of various medical documents including dictation given by doctors with foreign accents and additional medical specialties. One lecture and three lab hours per week.BOT2533
Current Procedural Terminology (CPT Coding). (3) Prerequisites: BOT 1613 and BOT 1623 or by consent of instructor. This course is an introduction to the field of service, procedural and HCPCS coding which are requirements for proper insurance reimbursement. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT2643
ICD Coding. (3) Prerequisites: BOT 1613 and BOT 1623 or by consent of instructor This course is an introduction into the field of ICD-9-CM coding which is a numeric and alphanumeric system of identifying health issues. Knowledge of medical terminology is essential for abstracting ICD-9-CM codes for statistical purposes and insurance reimbursement. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT2653
Advanced Coding. (3) Prerequisites: BOT 2643, BOT 2653 This course includes advanced analysis of diagnostic and procedural coding systems. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT2663
Medical Insurance Billing. (3) Prerequisites: BOT 2643, BOT 2653 This course is a culmination of skills and knowledge of appropriate procedures for generating, processing, and submitting health insurance claims to private and governmental health insurance programs. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT2673
Administrative Office Procedures. (3) Prerequisite: Word Processing (BOT 1143) or consent of instructor. This course will provide comprehensive coverage and integration of business skills and issues, develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, and establish a foundation in business procedures. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT2723
Medical Office Concepts. (3) Prerequisite: BOT 1113 This course will provide coverage and integration of medical office skills and issues. Problem solving will be emphasized. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT2743
Medical Information Management. (3) Prerequisite: BOT 2743 This course will continue coverage of medical office issues with emphasis on health insurance filing. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT2753
Business Communication. (3) Prerequisite: Mechanics of Communication (BOT 1713) and Document Formatting and Production (BOT 1113) or consent of instructor. This course develops communication skills with emphasis on principles of writing business correspondence and reports, and preparing presentations using electronic media. Three lecture hours per week.BOT2813
Communication Technology. (3) Prerequisite: BOT 1143 or consent of instructor. This course will present an overview of the resources available for communication using current technology. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.BOT2823
Integrated Computer Applications. (3) Prerequisites: BOT 1143, BOT 2813, BOT 2323, and BOT 1813 This course integrates activities using applications software including word processing, database, spreadsheet, graphics, and multimedia. Two lecture and two hours lab per week.BOT2833
Supervised Work Experience. (3) Prerequisite: Success completion of at least 30 hours in the program and consent of the instructor. This course provides related on-the-job training in an office environment. This training must include 135 clock hours. (Accounting and Office Systems Elective).BOT2913
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